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Post-doctoral position - Evaluating/establishing pathways for heavy industry decarbonization
University of California, Los Angeles

Date Posted Jun. 16, 2020
Title Post-doctoral position - Evaluating/establishing pathways for heavy industry decarbonization
University University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States
Department The Institute for Carbon Management (ICM)
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date May 1, 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Risk Management & Financial Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Industrial & Systems Engineering
    Energy Technology

The Institute for Carbon Management (ICM) is seeking a postdoctoral candidate with a start date of May 1, 2020, or as soon as possible. Special emphasis is placed on recruiting candidates with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, systems engineering, materials science and engineering, or a closely related discipline with expertise in carbon management technologies and a proven track record of world-class research and high-impact publications.

The successful candidate will develop high-level technical analyses, technology roadmaps, and threat-opportunity matrices that delineate pathways for heavy industry decarbonization. These pathways must consider local jurisdictional, strategic, and current technological/supply-chain limitations. We are particularly interested in understanding how the selection of carbon management technologies is influenced by industry characteristics, and in particular, how the selection is impacted by an industry’s product value and volume, as well as how strategic/employment importance at national-/sub-national levels impacts this selection. In addition, we are interested in identifying the critical cost/viability metrics needed for short-and medium-term deployment. Analysis will move beyond typical coarse-graining approaches (i.e., setting a global CO2 price) and focus on local and/or industry-specific subsidies, carbon prices, and technology dimensions which can identify rational pathways towards achieving carbon management at scale.

For full consideration, the applicant is expected to possess the following qualifications: (a) a Ph.D. from a reputable university in a topic of relevance (see above) and an interest in pursuing a research career, (b) a thorough understanding of techniques used to translate the ability of lab-scale decarbonization techniques to an industrial scale, and © interest in working in a fast-paced, collaborative research environment. The applicant will collaborate with other researchers with expertise in different decarbonization techniques, such as mineralization.

Applicants with relevant experience will be given special preference. The successful candidate will be expected to take personal initiative to structure tasks to meet project functions and author novel publications. The candidate will also be expected to mentor students, teach courses in relation to expertise (if the opportunity arises), fulfill project administration functions, and assist in proposal development. The candidate is expected to meet programmed project goals, and to respond to deliverable timelines as are typical in "academia-industry" collaborative research.

All positions are programmed for a 1-year duration, but can be extended by mutual agreement. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in this position, please provide the following documents (as PDFs) to the contacts noted below: (1) a detailed resume, (2) a short personal statement explaining your scientific and research interests, and (3) contact information for three referees in support of your application.


Profs. Dante Simonetti, David Jassby, and Gaurav N. Sant
Institute for Carbon Management
University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Contact Information

  • Prof. Gaurav Sant
    Institute for Carbon Management (ICM)
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA


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